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Carol G Thomas
EURO 320
Seattle Campus

Greek History: 7000 BC to Present

History of Greece from its Neolithic village origins to the present. Examines the different forms of one of the most resilient cultures in the human story. Offered: jointly with HIST 320; A.

Class description

The story of Greek history encompasses more tha nine millennia from its Neolithic village roots to the present. This course tracks its major phases focusing on element of abiding continuity as well as changes over time.

Student learning goals

Nature of the Greek world in each of its eight major phases

Understanding of basic chronology

Interpreting primary sources

Appreciating the relation to other contemporary cultures

Understanding change over time and the factors producing it

Sensing the interplay between abiding elements and their significance for contemporary Greece

General method of instruction

Lectures 4 times/week; Sections once a week focused on interpretation of assigned reading in primary sources

Recommended preparation

Interest in examining one of the most long-lived cultures in world history Readiness to participate in the working of undrstanding that situation

Class assignments and grading

Two in-class exams - each 20% of the course grade

Short weekly papers [ca. 2 pages] beginning on Monday of the second week of the quarter. Each will describe the key identifiers of the nature of Greek culture during the period investigated during the previous week. After the first paper, discussion will also include comparison of those identifiers between their beginning nature and that of the next period of time. 25%

A capstone essay addressing the cumulative change/continuity ovr time [ca. 10-12 pages]. The weekly papers together with lectures and assigned reading will contribute significantly to the final analysis. 25% Participation - 10%

Demonstration of grasp of issues addressed. Sound command of the materials. Clarity of discussion in the written work. Timeliness of submission.


The information above is intended to be helpful in choosing courses. Because the instructor may further develop his/her plans for this course, its characteristics are subject to change without notice. In most cases, the official course syllabus will be distributed on the first day of class.
Last Update by Carol G Thomas
Date: 05/03/2011